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A rustic wooden shed on stilts containing a kiln and other tools, displayed in a gallery..

Will Shannon: The Closet Craftsman

Kiln House

Will Shannnon

Jewellery shaped like simple black birds.

Shelanu

Migrating Birds range

Black enamelled sparrow series. Priced £15-22.

Fabric printed with a line drawing of Birmingham buidings stretched over an embroidery hoop with red stitching.

Shelanu - Birmingham Souvenir

Embroidery trial

Testing embroidery techniques.

A collage of painted, cut, stitched and folded paper. The motifs; dots, lines and patches of colour are inspired by old maps.

Field Notes

The Moore Field II

Matthew Harris The motifs; dots, lines and patches of colour are inspired by old maps denoting roads and fields.

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Opportunity: New Graduates at In:Site 2015

Opportunity for new graduates and postgraduates

The award winning craft development organisation, Craftspace, returns to Birmingham Cathedral Square for the fifth year with In:Site, a festival of site-specific socially-engaged work created by recent graduates.

In:Site provides an opportunity for selected applied arts graduates to create temporary, bespoke public artworks.

Working outdoors within the park, each graduate has one day to make their creative intervention on-site, turning the making process into a performance. The daily performances, sometimes participatory, are intended to gradually fill the square with installations.

Past commissions have included a contemporary response to lacemaking and knitting including free-flowing lace pieces on trees inspired by movement around the boundary of the park and participatory activities inviting the public to socially interact, to converse with each other and engage with the performance and documentation of making.

What’s involved?

– Festival runs 7th-11th September 2015
– £150 commission award
– Travel expenses paid
– Limited materials expenses paid
– Up to 15 commission opportunities
– Open to 2015 graduates and 2014 post graduates only
– Selection panel of industry professionals
– All work made will be on show for the duration of the festival
– Elements of the artwork can be prepared in advance of the festival but artists must produce the majority of the artwork on-site over the course of a day.
– Deadline for proposals submission: 12th July 2015

Download a brief and application form the downloads page now.


Outsider Craft - call for submissions closes October 2015


Supporting artists to make and showcase contemporary crafts, work collaboratively and develop their practice.
Exhibitions

Our touring exhibitions enable artists to develop new work and raise their profile nationally. Projects linked to exhibitions offer artists an opportunity to push the boundaries of their practice.

Our work was well displayed with well written and stimulating text. Seeing quality craft is always stimulating, but the educational and contextualising analysis made it so much more rewarding. I felt as if I'd been given an in-depth view of how our work fits into the current British craft scene.

Tilla Waters, Artist featured in Made in the Middle

Projects

Our education and community projects enable artists to explore making processes and engage with diverse people. These residencies offer artists new perspectives on their work through collaboration.  

We broker partnerships in, for example, health or business settings, which offer artists new markets for their work.

The way the project evolved and the unknown territory it explored was a unique experience.

Ruth Spaak, Artist, Treasure Boxes Early Years project

The support from Craftspace and well constructed framework of the action research project was invaluable. The budget enabled us to be experimental and ambitious with ideas and materials. I am convinced that work produced with critical awareness and clarity of intention provides a means of fertile and stimulating debate with a public audience.

Kate Paxman, Artist, The Meeting of Hands and Hearts project for SELF exhibition

Career development

We work in partnership with others to support artists’ career development, for example through symposia, professional networks and voluntary placements.

See Pushing Boundaries.

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Supporting artists to make and showcase contemporary crafts, work collaboratively and develop their practice.

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